High Holborn Chamber Choir is an SATB mixed vocal harmony group with a repertoire covering a range of choral works and styles, with a focus on a cappella singing. The choir sings a vast array of repertoire, from Italian madrigals to contemporary jazz works.
The choir grew out of City Academy Chamber Choir, whose performance highlights included Songs of Travel concert at St George’s Bloomsbury, Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen at The Swiss Church in Covent Garden and annual performances in the Christmas Afternoon Tea at the Lanesborough Hotel.
High Holborn Chamber Choir started out in Holborn but we now rehearse in Fitzrovia, still quite close to Holborn. Our musical director is Rachel Maby, whose diverse conducting experience includes both chamber music settings and chorus directing in theatrical and operatic productions, working with varied age groups and conducting a vast range of music, from jazz to classical.
Rachel Maby is a mezzo-soprano from London who has eleven years of experience leading choirs. Her current music directing posts alongside her work with High Holborn Chamber Choir include Choir Director for the Guildhall Young Artists Islington Music Hub programme; Music Director at Christ Church Highbury and Youth Director for Highbury Opera Theatre.
Rachel also works as a vocal coach: two years ago she founded the opera improvers vocal course and chamber choir for City Academy and has most recently launched an advanced classical singing course for adults, curating staged opera scenes for amateur classical trained singers.
Rachel began her journey as a conductor in North London, assisting the Music Directors of Highbury Youth Choir. Sarah Wilkinson and Scott Stroman. She then trained at the University of Manchester and Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), receiving conducting coaching from Mark Heron at the University alongside her vocal studies at the RNCM. She is now undertaking a Masters in vocal performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she receives conducting coaching from Jonathan Tilbrook.
She has conducted choirs in iconic venues around the UK, from the UK amateur international choir competition at the Royal Northern College of Music Concert Hall to match fixture entertainment in the Rugby League World Cup at Langtree Park Stadium. She has had the honour of conducting the High Holborn Chamber Choir at iconic central London venues, such as St George’s Bloomsbury and the Swiss Church in Covent Garden.
Alongside her directing work, Rachel works as a soloist in both opera and concert hall settings. Rachel has worked as an opera singer with notable companies and orchestras, which include Constella OperaBallet, Helios Collective, Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Baseless Fabric Theatre and Asyla Ensemble.
You can read more about her upcoming performances at www.rachelmaby.com